Trip Weldon

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Weldon has become known as the standard for tournament directors. He has served as tournament director for B.A.S.S. since 2002 and worked within the tournament department at the organization since 1990. His appointment as tournament director in 2002 was welcomed by the competing anglers. 

At his first meeting with them, they gave him a standing ovation. During his tenure he presided over the first female and first college angler to compete in a Bassmaster Classic. He had a front row seat as anglers like Kevin VanDam rose to the forefront of the sport, but still rendered tough decisions based on the rules. 

He was integral to the creation of the Bassmaster Elite Series and helped steer the organization into the digital age of bass fishing tournaments. Innovations such as BassTrakk and the influx of information from blogs and social media created a new mix of issues within the tournament scene, but Weldon stayed on top of them, embracing them as a way to grow the sport. 

Weldon’s personal fishing accomplishments include two top-5 finishes in Red Man All-American events at Lake Havasu and the Arkansas River. He also won an EverStart on Lake Martin.